Karim Alami

Karim Alami
Country (sports)  Morocco
Residence Doha, Qatar
Born (1973-05-24) 24 May 1973
Casablanca, Morocco
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 1990
Retired 2002
Plays Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $2,087,596
Career record 156–186
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 25 (21 February 2000)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1998, 2000)
French Open 3R (2001)
Wimbledon 2R (1994, 1999)
US Open 2R (1994, 2000)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2000)
Career record 49–54
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 130 (17 August 1998)

Karim Alami (Arabic: كريم علمي) (born 24 May 1973) is a retired tennis player from Morocco, who turned professional in 1990. The right-hander won two career titles in singles, both in 1996 (Atlanta and Palermo), and reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 25 in February 2000. Alami reached the semifinals of the 2000 Monte Carlo Masters, defeating Magnus Norman and Albert Costa en route.

Tennis career

Alami represented his native country as a qualifier at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where he was defeated in the first round by Switzerland's eventual winner Marc Rosset. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

He defeated Pete Sampras in the first round of the 1994 Doha tournament, a year in which Sampras dominated the tour. He is now the Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, Qatar. He also works as a tennis commentator for the most popular Arabic sports channel beIN Sports.

As well as his semifinal run at the 2000 Monte Carlo Masters, Alami reached the quarterfinals of the 1997 Rome Masters.

Career finals

Singles (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (2)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 14 March 1994 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Italy Renzo Furlan 2–6, 2–6
Winner 2. 29 April 1996 Atlanta, United States Clay Sweden Nicklas Kulti 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. 23 September 1996 Palermo, Italy Clay Romania Adrian Voinea 7–5, 2–1, retired
Runner-up 4. 8 June 1998 Bologna, Italy Clay Spain Julián Alonso 1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 5. 12 April 1999 Barcelona, Spain Clay Spain Félix Mantilla 6–7(2–7), 3–6, 3–6
Runner-up 6. 27 September 1999 Bucharest, Romania Clay Spain Alberto Martín 2–6, 3–6

Doubles (1 title, 3 runners-up)

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 1. 17 June 1996 Bologna, Italy Clay Hungary Gábor Köves South Africa Brent Haygarth
South Africa Christo van Rensburg
1–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 24 March 1997 Casablanca, Morocco Clay Morocco Hicham Arazi Portugal João Cunha e Silva
Portugal Nuno Marques
6–7, 2–6
Winner 3. 8 September 1997 Marbella, Spain Clay Spain Julián Alonso Spain Alberto Berasategui
Spain Jordi Burillo
4–6, 6–3, 6–0
Runner-up 4. 27 October 1997 Bogotá, Colombia Clay Colombia Maurice Ruah Argentina Luis Lobo
Brazil Fernando Meligeni
1–6, 3–6

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